It’s almost like San Diego was built for weddings — perfect year-round weather, perfect golden sunsets and the perfect sites and attractions to occupy guests of all ages. Whether you’re looking for a waterfront celebration with stunning ocean views, a garden front union punctuated by lush greenery and bright flowers, or nontraditional nuptials at a one-of-a-kind wedding venue, we guarantee there’s something on this list for you, San Diego native or not.
As experienced San Diego wedding planners, the Always Flawless Productions team has planned and coordinated weddings at dozens of venues in the area. These are our hand-picked favorite San Diego wedding venues of all kinds.
San Diego Wedding Venues Outdoor
The Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa touts itself as southern California’s only Relais and Chateaux property. Nestled amongst 45 acres of lush green gardens and picturesque olive groves, this venue is perfect for those looking to hide away in a space inspired by the colorful and quaint Mediterranean countryside. Invite up to 500 guests to gather on the hibiscus-and-bougainvillea-covered Croquet Lawn, or go a more intimate route with a 30-person ceremony in the palm-tree-flanked Rose Garden. For those interested in an indoor event, the Sunrise Room & Terrace and the Terrace Ballroom & Patio are both perfect for a combination inside-outside celebration.
The Rancho Valencia offers elopement, vow renewal, midweek and winter wedding packages.
Some extra reasons to love it: Even with its own sensibilities, Rancho Valencia is the perfect “blank canvas” for a couple looking to make the space their own. Bring in unique lighting, funky pergolas, or elegant tents to elevate this gorgeous venue to a completely new level of luxury, or opt to pare things down for a more simplistic, traditional feel.
Rancho Bernardo Inn
If you’re looking for a San Diego wedding mainstay, look no further — with over 40 years of experience and five outdoor ceremony venues to choose from, the Rancho Bernardo Inn has everything you need for a perfect southern California celebration. Can’t bring yourself to cut down the guest list? The manicured Aragon Lawn holds up to 600 guests. Looking for a smaller (but just as beautiful) ceremony venue? Try the rustic Valencia Lawn or Spanish-inspired Santiago Courtyard, each holding up to 160 guests. There truly is something for everyone.
See one of Always Flawless Production's past weddings: Esther + Yoon’s Rancho Bernardo Inn Wedding
Inn at Rancho Santa Fe
The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe is the perfect SoCal country escape — say your ‘I Do’s’ alongside 21 acres of Spanish-California architecture and serene rustic hills. What’s more, The Inn’s professional wedding staff will assist with almost every part of your day, including food and beverage, venue set up, and guest room coordination. Invite up to 180 people to a fairytale ceremony — punctuated by gorgeous mountain vistas — in the Rose Garden, or bring the whole kit and kaboodle (up to 350 guests) for a giant, homegrown celebration on the Croquet Lawn. Greenery, festive string lights and flickering votive candles make for a dreamy set-up on the Azalea Lawn, with the Azaela 1 Ballroom as a separate, warm indoor reception space. Just know — you are required to use a professional wedding planner to get married at this coveted venue.
La Jolla Women's Club
Situated just one block from the bright-blue ocean, La Jolla Woman’s Club is the perfect spot for a luxurious, seaside wedding. Set up shop on the sand for a beachfront ceremony, or choose from one of three garden options. Host a subsequent cocktail hour at the North arbor-covered terrace, and sneak away for oceanside photos as guests have their fill of drinks and hors d’oeuvres. Later, make your way back to the clubhouse’s main ballroom for a fun-filled reception.
The Lodge at Torrey Pines
For those who want a bit of everything, try The Lodge at Torrey Pines — its world-renowned golf course combined with panoramic coastline views and historical architecture make this AAA Five Diamond property quite the jack of all trades. Bring anywhere from 10 to 220 guests to one of its seven venues, including the Arroyo Terrace — a magnificent grand lawn with golf course vistas — or the lavish Maurice Braun indoor ballroom.
The Lodge’s three package offerings start at $225 per person.
Park Hyatt Aviara
Quietly nestled amongst 200 lush private acres, the Park Hyatt Aviara is the best wedding venue to get away from it all (and catch a gorgeous sunset, to boot). In-house dining packages cater to all preferences and needs, and the Hyatt’s team of professionals will help arrange dance floors, risers and seating configurations prior to your big day.
Try the Grand Ballroom for an indoor celebration with coastal accents, or one of the Hyatt’s palm tree-lined outdoor spaces for a sun-covered celebration.
Later, when you’re surely exhausted after a long night of dancing, the Hyatt offers all newlyweds a complimentary one-night stay.
There’s a reason everyone loves getting married at the Darlington House — it’s unique, historic feel and timeless mix of architecture styles make it one of La Jolla’s most unforgettable wedding venues. The greenery-covered patios feature colorful tiles, bright blue pools and brick walkways — a Spanish and Egyptian oasis. The open-air rose garden fits 200 guests for both charming ceremonies and fragrant, floral receptions. Bring in your own linens, tables and chairs to personalize the space however you’d like. For a moment of respite, guests can visit one of the indoor sitting rooms.
Some extra reasons to love it: For the customization and flexibility-minded couple, Darlington House is an incredible bang for your buck. The private garden space itself (a rarity for San Diego) is kind to your bottom line, meaning you can shell out on rentals of grandeur, like crystal coupes and clear-top tents without feeling guilty. What’s more — you can bring in your own alcohol.
See one of Always Flawless Production's past weddings: Danielle + Nick’s Darlington House wedding.
Carmel Mountain Ranch Estate
If an oceanfront wedding isn’t for you, how about one in the mountains instead? Book Carmel Mountain Ranch Estate for an open-air celebration punctuated by breathtaking views, mountain terrain and luxurious gardens. Carmel Mountain offers full-service catering, bartending and bar services, multiple photo locations, and changing rooms + suites for both bride and groom — so all you have to do is show up! Hold your ceremony at the Aberdeen Lawn or Garden Gazebo, then move inside to the Mountain View Terrace for a night of dancing with views of some of California’s most gorgeous peaks.
The Grand Del Mar
The Grand Del Mar is grand, indeed — a glamorous oasis tucked away on 400 acres of coastal canyon, this one-of-a-kind venue highlights the very best of California flora and fauna. Perfect for an outdoor-loving bride and groom! Bring your wedding party on a Los Penasquitos Canyon hike, or take a planning breather by a palm-tree lined pool. When your special day finally arrives, celebrate inside or (preferably) outside, festivities complete with fully-integrated A/V and sound and flickering votive candles. When the night finally winds down, head upstairs for your complimentary bride and groom accommodations.
See Always Flawless Production's work here: Fairmont Grand Del Mar wedding inspiration!
Estancia La Jolla
No Estancia La Jolla description would be complete without mention of its nine acres of gardens and hacienda-style architecture. If you’re looking for a venue with gorgeous outdoor venues but enviable indoor ones, or a specialization in micro weddings, elopements or ‘minimonies,’ this is the place for you.
For a real elopement or micro wedding feel, try a ceremony on the Olive Lawn (up to 130 guests) and a dinner in the cozy Hidden Feather (up to 30) or vista-filled Greenfinch (up to 70) reception venues. And that’s not all — Estancia La Jolla’s Intimate Gardens package starts at $185/person with an additional venue fee on top, and includes a three hour bar package, three displayed hors d'oeuvres, and a three course plated dinner.
The showstopping Garden Courtyard (up to 420), complete with Spanish-style architecture and over 100 types of botanicals, is perfect for a larger celebration, and the couple looking to make an entrance. Later, bring guests inside to the luxe La Jolla Ballroom (up to 420), or the slightly-smaller but recently-enhanced Grande Room (130 guests).
If you need any more convincing, check out a real Estancia La Jolla wedding.
Vista Valley Country Club
Welcome to Vista Valley, San Diego’s self-proclaimed golf, fitness and spa haven. Nestled within the tranquil valley of Vista California, this country club is surrounded by breathtaking sunsets, gorgeous SoCal views and luscious rolling hills — complete with an on-property “old-world warmth” akin to the Italian countryside.
The best part of Vista Valley is its history — the club’s ceremony site is decorated with 18th century gates and columns from Provence, France; antique stone windows reclaimed from the 1700s; and 1780s shade timbers with ties to George Washington. It’s not everyday you find a historic wedding oasis! Enter through the tall, fairytale gates for a garden ceremony under a tree-filled canopy. Later, transform an inside ballroom or dining room into a traditional reception space, or stay outside for a quintessential lawn celebration.
Some extra reasons to love it: Vista Valley hosts only one event per day, meaning you’ll be guaranteed privacy and exclusivity while dancing your heart out post champagne toast. Not to mention their bridal suite — a giant, chandelier-accented space full of natural light — is the prettiest in San Diego (in our humble opinion).
See one of Always Flawless Production's past weddings: Romantic Ethereal Wedding at Vista Valley Country Club